We just want to make everyone aware of this new pest that's hitting the Puna area on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its been spotted in Kurtistown, Orchidland, Hawaiian Acres, Hawaiian Paradise Park and a single sighting in Pahoa. This beetle has the potential to greatly impact orchards and tree-related agro businesses on the island. Although there are hundred’s of species, this longhorn is called acalolepta aesthetica (Oliff) (Coleoptera;cerambycidae) and is originally from Australia.
Cacao Farmers Of Hawaii
Longhorn beetle has been found in the following trees in Puna:
- Sago Palm
- Ulu (Bread Fruit)
You Can Help!
Big Island Invasive Species Committie
We are asking Puna Residents to inspect their trees for this pest. Especially if the tree looks wilted or damaged. Look for the telltale signs of infestation and report them to any of the contact we've provided here.